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Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women's Voices
Paradigm Publishers, 2011
While it is one thing to strive for a cause that fundamentally and primarily benefits you--your freedom, your equality, your environment, or your loved ones--it is quite another matter to take up the torch on behalf of others, especially pigs, dogs, gibbons--and lobsters. Speaking Up for Animals takes us with animal activists as they pull factory-farmed chickens from quagmires of unconscionable filth, free gigantic sea lions caught in the death-grip of fishing gear, and secure undercover footage of dogs crying for mercy on stainless steel vivisection tables. In the process, they expose many ways that most of us are complicit in the suffering and exploitation of nonhuman animals and they suggest a variety of creative ways that we might help bring change.
"Hearing a group of
people talk about their lives and life's work sparks ideas that can
rejuvenate, inspire, and make you think, wonderingly, 'of course!' Here is
that group and what inspiring souls they are! A beautiful collection."
"Women have always
been at the forefront of animal protection work, often comprising a
significant majority of the movement. Whether it's rescuing and sheltering
individual animals or campaigning for broader social change on their behalf
(or both), women have been--and continue to be--disproportionately
represented. This anthology allows readers to hear from some of the women
pioneering advances for animals today, and gives unique insights into some
of the connections between and among a variety of social justice struggles."